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7 MLB Rookies Who Have Unexpectedly Become X-Factors For Their Teams in 2016

For a Major League Baseball team to experience success, it’s necessary to receive contributions from all 25 men on the active roster. However, because of injuries, lack of production or a combination of the two, it normally takes even more than that to reach the postseason and contend for a World Series title.

That’s why those under-the-radar signings in the winter are so important. You know what else is important? The contributions from rookies, who began their season in the minor leagues, but are ready and able to make a significant impact at the big-league level.

The following seven rookies are in the future plans for their respective organizations, but may have not been expected to do a whole lot in 2016 after starting the year in the minors. Upon getting promoted, they’ve done one of two things:

  1. Fortify the roster for an expected playoff run in October.
  2. Help those far-fetched dreams of reaching the postseason not seem so crazy.

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RUMORS: Houston Astros To Call Up Top Prospect, Alex Bregman

Following a very impressive appearance in the the MLB Futures Game, Houston Astros’ top prospect, Alex Bregman, could find himself back in a Major League Baseball stadium very soon. There has been rumors and reports that the Astros could call up Bregman as early as this weekend. While nothing has been confirmed, this is very exciting news for baseball fans and fantasy owners.

 

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Move Over Luis Valbuena, It’s Alex Bregman’s Turn

The Houston Astros have struggled in 2016 and one of their biggest flaws is how streaky their offensive lineup can be at times. While many players contribute to this flaw, Luis Valbuena could be the streakiest of them all.

 

Valbuena is known for his above average power at third base, but so far in 2016, Valbuena has been far from above average. Through 169 plate appearances, he is batting .221, with six home runs, 17 RBIs, 19 runs, and a .319 OBP.

 

The Houston Astros are currently ranked 9th overall in home runs as a team (67), but they are ranked 19th overall in on base percentage (.316). It is clear the Astros aren’t struggling to put the ball over the fence, but getting on base has been a problem.

 

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Houston Astros’ Top Prospect, Alex Bregman, Making A Name For Himself Early In 2016

The Houston Astros have a great problem, they have way too much young talent and far too few starting positions. Alex Bregman is one of many Astros’ prospects who are impressing the baseball world, but they don’t have a spot int he lineup at this time. These offensive prospects include AJ ReedColin MoranTony KempDerek FisherDaz CameronKyle TuckerMatt Duffy, and many more. Bregman should be viewed as one of the top shortstop prospects in the minors and the Houston Astros’ top prospect. He will be a great fantasy baseball contributor because he will contribute to all categories at an above average rate. At his prime, he has the potential to be a perennial all-star and a gold glove shortstop. I believe his ceiling is a .315 batting average with 15 home runs, 90 runs, 75 RBI’s, 30 steals, and a .370 OBP. To read the rest of the article, click the link below:

 

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